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Egypt can get electricity from Ethiopia with dam completion: Ethiopian minister

The Renaissance Dam has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government since images of the project's construction stirred public anxiety about its possible effects on Egypt's share of Nile water

MENA, Ahram Online, Tuesday 29 Apr 2014
Grand Renaissance dam
A machine digs a ditch at the Grand Renaissance dam in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz region March 16, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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The Ethiopian foreign minister, speaking Tuesday at a forum addressing his country's Nile water rights, asserted that the benefits of the Renaissance Dam will extend to Egypt's ability to obtain electricity from Ethiopia, state news agency MENA reported.

Egypt has been suffering from electricity shortages which have resulted in increasingly recurrent power cuts nationwide, even in winter months. 

In a two-day forum held at Bahir Dar University and attended by intellectuals and politicians, Ethiopian State Minister for Foreign Affairs Berhane Gebre-Christos asserted that the dam is not being constructed for irrigation or farming, but for generating electricity. 

"The water will pass through turbines to conduct electricity, and then continue its flow," the minister said, adding that Egypt will not be harmed by the dam, "on the contrary, [Egyptians] can get electricity from Ethiopia after the dam's construction is complete." 

The Egyptian government had announced early April it planned to boost the country's supply of electricity by importing natural gas and diesel in the short term and begin construction on three new power plants. 

The Renaissance Dam has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government since May last year, when images of its advancing construction stirred public anxiety about the project's consequences on Egypt's share of Nile water.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan had formed a tripartite technical committee in 2011 to study the possible effects of the dam and attempt to reach consensus on the project. It proceeded to solicit the opinion of international experts on the effects of the dam on Egypt's and Sudan's water supply.

The tripartite committee's efforts were thwarted in December 2013, when Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir announced his support of the Renaissance Dam during a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

President Al-Bashir is among the attendees of the two-day forum currently being held. 

No immediate information was available on whether the event included any Egyptian attendees.

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TIGETH
02-05-2014 01:24pm
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We will push on with our grand agrucultural projects too.
Egypt repeatedly complains about its fear that Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Project will jeopardize its water security.To allay its fear, Ethiopia repeatedly asserts that it will be used to generate electricity. The repeated assertion that the dam will be used for power generation could be construed by Egypt as Ethiopia's public commitment not to arrest a drop of water from Abay(Blue Nile). I think this should not be this way. Egypt must be told in plain language that the next move will be to use the Blue Nile water for irrigation for Ethiopia to become self-sufficient.
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kebede kassa
30-04-2014 03:48pm
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Intellectual's forum
i assure you no Egyptian attended the forum for it was Ethiopians' intellectuals forum.However, an Egyptian reporter was there.The intellectuals has urged their counterparts in other riparian states to engage in dialogues.one point from the communique states "we, intellectuals of Ethiopia would like to express our readiness and commitment to work with intellectuals and professionals of the riparian states on matters pertaining the nile." the other points of the communique include these; "we will continuously discourage any hegemony of power over the use of nile water; instead we strongly support fair and free dialogues for proper use of the nile" "we encourage the riparian countries to persevere on path of equitable and reasonable use of the water, and urge all riparian states to continously engage in an inclusive dialogue towards implementation of the CFA and refrain from any act of provocative engagements." The forum was organized by Bahirdar University & Center for Development /CDS/
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tola demeksa
30-04-2014 08:53am
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Abay(Nile)
The issue now is clear it is not about ABAY(NILE). Egyptian politician do not want strong Ethiopia at all. It is a nightmare for them to see this reality while Egypt is in disarray and in political turmoil.
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Intention
30-04-2014 07:21am
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Game G.
This is multi purpose project in future for fishery and irrigation so ethiopia can export for Egypt agriculture product.
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Teshome
30-04-2014 03:46am
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Let's support each other
Dear Brother's in Egypt, Let's avoid enemity. Lets work together and support each other to grow together. It is better to plant friendship than enemity. Negative attitude towards each other will not take us anywhere. GERD is beneficial for all of us. We Ethiopians determined to come out of poverty at whatever cost we may need to pay and no body can stop us.
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TULU
30-04-2014 12:17am
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WE WILL USE THE WATER ANY TIME ANY WHERE
WE WILL SELL WATER TO EGYPTIANS SOONER OR LATER ETHIOPIAN HAS POWER TO FACE ANY CONDITION THIS TIMW WE DO NOT CARE FOR ANY BODY LIKE OUR FOR FATHERS DID TODAY KUWAIT SATARTS BUYING 66 MILION GALLON DRINKING WATER TOMMOROW EGYPT WIL FOLLOW KUWATI'S
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Muluneh
29-04-2014 08:05pm
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Trust comes from what you do practically
I am Ethiopian and personally I don't trust any Egyptian in Ethiopia. I think you don't blame me with this. If every time I hear about war from you there is no surprise to make every Ethiopian feel this way towards you. I am not in Ethiopia and steel I don't have egyptian friends where I live. It is too bad to have this feeling but hope it will be changed after a few years when Egyptian see the real truth. But I don't think there is no participant in Bahir Dar.(Birth Place of Nile).
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Dawit
30-04-2014 11:15am
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Egyptians are undeterminable
Yes,I agree with you Mulunesh.
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Sahlug
29-04-2014 06:49pm
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Telling the Truth
It's refreshing to see Ahram and other media reporting the truth. Egypt will not be harmed by the new Ethiopian dam on the Nile, and the water will continue flowing through the dam after electricity is generated. If we can get electricity at the price offered to Sudan, we will benefit, and the water will continue coming. What more do we want ?
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